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Eli Young Band have worked their way up to becoming one of country music’s most respected bands over the course of a long, slow climb. The band formed initially as a duo comprising Mike Eli and James Young, who met at the University of North Texas. They became a band with the addition of Chris Thompson and Jon Jones, and released their self-titled debut album in 2002. The group released ‘Level’ in 2005 and began building a large touring base, but they didn’t really get their biggest national break until 2011, when ‘Life at Best’ took off on the strength of “Crazy Girl,” their first No. 1 hit. They followed up with another No. 1 single, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart,” which was nominated for ACM and Grammy awards. They followed up that breakthrough with “Drunk Last Night,” another No. 1 from their 2013 album, ‘10,000 Towns,’ which also spawned the hit single, “Dust.” Most recently, EYB released a new EP titled ‘Turn It On,’ featuring the title track as its first single.

  • Formed: 2000 in Denton, Texas
  • Top Songs: "Even if It Breaks Your Heart," "Crazy Girl," "Drunk Last Night"
  • Did You Know? "Even if It Breaks Your Heart" was originally recorded by Will Hoge, who co-wrote the song.
  • Further Reading: Eli Young Band Celebrate the 'Dad Bod'
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Eli Young Band Channel Aggression in ‘Fingerprints’ Title Track

Eli Young Band’s new album Fingerprints is loaded with personal content, but perhaps no song reveals more feeling — or heartbreaking aggression — than the album’s title track.

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Album Spotlight: Eli Young Band, ‘Fingerprints’

Fingerprints (Valory Music Co.) is a fitting name for Eli Young Band’s latest album.

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Eli Young Band’s ‘Fingerprints’ Is Personal

Mike Eli, lead singer of Eli Young Band, realized something when the band was crafting their forthcoming album Fingerprints: he had lost the passion in his songwriting...

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Eli Young Band Announce 2017 Album, ‘Fingerprints’

Eli Young Band will release a new album in the summer of 2017.

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Eli Young Band’s Bus Catches Fire

Eli Young Band's tour bus caught fire on Wednesday morning. The band shared the news on social media, saying, "We've lost more than a bus here."

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Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones Welcomes Baby Girl

A baby girl is the newest addition to Eli Young Band's collective growing family.

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#LetTheGirlsPlay Cover: Eli Young Band, ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ [Watch]

To close a recent Song Suffragettes concert the #LetTheGirlsPlay collective chose a song that's very near to any dreamer's heart, and very appropriate. Kalie Shorr, Lena Stone and company performed Eli Young Band's "Even If It Breaks Your Heart."

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Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli Endures Worst Interview Ever [Watch]

If awkward videos make you uncomfortable, then this might not be for you. Unfortunately for Mike Eli of Eli Young Band, he couldn't escape this extremely uncomfortable radio interview.

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Eli Young Band Bassist Jon Jones Expecting Baby No. 2

The Eli Young Band brood will get a little bigger this November. Bassist Jon Jones and his wife Sarah are expecting their second baby one day before Thanksgiving.

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Eli Young Band, ‘Saltwater Gospel’ [Listen]

Eli Young Band’s "Saltwater Gospel" is all about finding inner-peace away from the pulpit. The group’s first new single in a year is lighter than most of what they’ve released to date. Like rays from the sun, the song’s message soaks in deep.

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